Lockdown might be unavoidable in these unprecedented times, but there are still steps you can take to avoid physical decline.
If you haven’t yet considered specialist seating – or discovered the benefits it can bring for a range of conditions – now’s the perfect time to look closer. And when you’re ready to take your first step, Premiere Healthcare’s expert team is available safely and remotely, to talk you through our range and discuss our flexible purchase and rental options.
How can specialist seating help during COVID-19?
Specialist seating is always a key factor in comprehensive care, offering users the comfort, support, independence and quality of life that’s simply not possible with a standard chair. But right now, with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, it’s even more important to make a dedicated medical chair the cornerstone of your home setup – and benefit from the advanced postural management features offered by our range of specialist seating.
Effective postural management can help on so many levels. With the UK’s medical profession stretched to the limit, and lockdown meaning that regular carers aren’t always available, it’s comforting to know you can rely on specialist seating to give tailor-made, full-body support – even when there’s nobody to change an individual’s position.
Meanwhile, should the worst happen, the postural management features on our range of specialist seating can also help users achieve a healthy body position, promoting optimal respiratory function and countering the lung inflammation that is COVID-19’s most common symptom.
Which postural management features should I look for?
Working with leading brands including CareFlex, Primacare, Kirton and Apollo Healthcare, Premiere Healthcare offers a wide range of specialist seating at every price point. Of course, the specifications will depend on the particular model you choose, but these are some of the advanced features you might expect to see – all integral to good postural management and pressure relief during these challenging times.
Tilt-In-Space (TIS) allows your chair to be safely tilted backwards, while maintaining the angle of the hips, knees and ankles, and lowering the pelvis down into the back of the chair. This reclined position is comfortable, secure and spreads the user’s weight across their back, taking the pressure off the bones and tissues used for sitting upright. This position also opens up the chest and shoulder girdle, promoting healthy breathing and reducing the risk of issues like pressure ulcers – even without a carer’s intervention.
Open-ended adjustability means your chair’s parameters can all be fine-tuned for individual comfort. From the seat width and depth that maintains the all-important stability of the pelvis, to the contoured back cushions and lateral support that keep the trunk of the body aligned, be confident that a chair chosen from the Premiere Healthcare range will be built around you. Plus, if you choose a chair with fully motorised electric operation, you’ll be able to make changes yourself, even during lockdown.
Adjusting for comfort
Innovative modular design offers made-to-measure support. Depending on the model, your chair might feature removable armrests for easier access, upper panels that are individually adjustable for height, depth, angle, offset and rotation, plus wings that can be positioned to cradle the user’s head and optimise body alignment.
Specially designed legrests follow the biomechanical movement of the lower legs, complemented by a fully adjustable footrest. You could also consider seating with a 25-degree angle negative legrest and tough handgrips that help users rise to a standing position – plus accessories including a split legrest, specially designed to help with contracted legs and tight hamstrings.
Integrated pressure-relieving materials, including WaterCell technology in seat and back cushions, prevent pressure injuries. This technology is backed by stylish, environmentally friendly and vapour-permeable upholstery, for a complete pressure-management solution.
What’s my next step?
Premiere Healthcare’s wide selection of specialist seating makes it easy to find the perfect chair, for conditions ranging from Dementia to Huntington’s. Browse our budget-conscious range from the safety of your home, then get in touch with our friendly team, who will be available remotely throughout the lockdown to discuss the right package for you. We offer flexible options for rental or purchase, we’ll let you know exactly what’s possible.
When you’re ready to place your order, rest assured that with our own dedicated decontamination facility, highly trained staff who adhere to the strictest infection-control guidelines, and revolutionary disinfection system, any chair that enters your home will be clean, hygienic and infection-free. And with both clinical and technical support available through our live chat, phone and email, you’ll never have to let visitors into your home.